Posted on 06/08/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The man who made Scholastic Inc. into a children’s-fiction powerhouse has died.

The publisher announced that Richard Robinson died Saturday at the age of eighty-four, reports The Associated Press.

Depending on your age, you can thank Robinson for bringing you such beloved series as the Magic School Bus, the Baby-Sitters Club, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, The Hunger Games, and many more.

Scholastic has long claimed to distribute one out of every three children’s books in the US.

Robinson’s father founded the company as a classroom magazine, according to the son’s obituary, and Robinson never planned to be part of the company.

The AP obituary details more of Robinson’s rise and contributions.

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